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September 29, 2013

When the heat's on in Atlanta, the "Ice" man plummets

Ryan has chance to make a statement vs. Pats tonight

Imagine Tom Brady having to answer to Giselle when the power couple heard the news.

Just months after the Patriots massaged and cajoled Brady into a paycut/contract extension for roughly $27 million guaranteed over the next three years, the Atlanta Falcons locked up their franchise QB, Matt Ryan, for nearly four times that much, five years and just under $104 million, with $57 million guaranteed.

If Tom didn’t take a cast-iron frying pan to the noggin from Lady G, he should have. Ryan is Joe Flacco —without the title! — and Brady is, well Tom Brady.

You can’t help wonder if Mr. Brady takes to the Georgia Dome turf on tonight’s edition of Sunday Night Football (8:30, Ch. 7) with a bit of steam escaping from the ear holes.

Expect none of that from the easy-going “Matty Ice,” which is clearly a nickname he earned at Boston College, not in Falcon Country. Ryan, with a pair of Pro Bowl trips already on the resume, has been anything but “Ice” when it matters, posting a 1-4 mark in his opening five playoff games.

Let’s not even bring up Brady’s dash to a 10-0 playoff run, right out of the gate and the fact that some New Englanders are having trouble digesting TB12’s current post-season ride that has the Pats at 7-7 since.

You have to wonder how the deal will affect Ryan over the long haul. I mean Atlanta has been nowhere near impressive early.

“My goal, and my mindset has been the same since 2008,” Ryan said during a news conference after signing the deal in June. “It’s about winning a championship. And it’s about getting rings. I’m just happy I’m gonna have the opportunity to do that here.”

So, it leads us to today’s NFL dilemma as the 3-0 Pats tip-toe into Atlanta, which sits in full wobble at 1-2 early.

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